professional chefs. do you have any time when you are not cooking. do you read etc?

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  1. chalkdust

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    For me I have both a lot of passion and a little talent that could be honed in the right places.  My problem is I have other interests besides cooking. I want to travel to Haiti and initiate into vodun... I like the psychology of Carl Jung, Anthropology, Post Colonial Theory and African and Caribbean lit.  Im just not talented enough in academia all though it is true maybe I have not given it enough time.  Still, at 33,  I need to make a better living. and not put off making that living for that 15 years a phd would take.  I am in school for anthropology now, thinking of starting a food truck, and interviewing at various restaraunts. for the past five or so years i thought i wanted to be a haitian anthropologist.  But when I was younger than that I worked in many restaurants and wanted to be a cook.  Still have lots of second and third doubts.
     
  2. foodpump

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    Meh, I get enough pyschology and anthropology in hiring, training, and working with staff. Exposure to new languages, cultures and customs? Yup.

    New communication skills?
    Here's a new concept I learned just before I fired the person, you ready?
    "If you can't read my mind, that must mean you don't like/respect me, and if you can't do that, why should I bother working for you?
    What a concept!

    So when I have free time, I lock myself in the garage and I......

    ...Make unique wood display fixtures for my confectionary and chocolate so I can get the aisle cap exposure in supermarkets. And then I can sell more product so I can cover my costs, which lets me
    hire people who can expose me to new languages, cultures, and communication concepts.....

    Its fun in my garage, I work alone, supervised occasionaly by my dog....
     
  3. chefwriter

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    I currently work on a campus and interact with many phd students from all over the world. According to them, a phd should take about five or six years give or take, not 15. So if you really wanted to do that, I don't see why you couldn't.  

         I do a lot of reading in my spare time. Also writing and working on my older house. There are never enough hours in the day for all the things I would like to be doing. And like foodpump, cooking has exposed me to plenty of people and cultures from around the world. 
     
  4. iceman

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    I LOVE this answer:      
    You GO!!! foodpump!!!
     
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  5. chalkdust

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    didnt mean to come off as pretentious. in my younger days i didnt read as much and i regret it, so now i read more. and i had no clue about anthropology, marx, or theory. its a life goal of mine, literature and carl jung especially. i want to "be a jungian."
     
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  6. iceman

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    LOL. ... What the what is "pretentious"?!?
     
  7. ljokjel

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    Come on... If you are that curious, just google it.

    pretentious

    prɪˈtɛnʃəs/

    adjective

    attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed.
    synonyms:affectedostentatiouschichishowyflashy, tinselly, conspicuous, flaunty, tasteless,

    And its not some weird and obscure word only used among a higher society of secret wizards. 

    2 cool 4 school?
     
  8. iceman

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    I know the definition, wiseguy. I was curious to as what the OP meant by it. You can keep your silly wisecrack. 
     
  9. ljokjel

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    Mistook your intention, and perceived you as coming down on him for using "fancy" words. My bad, but I hope you can see why.
     
  10. Guest

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    i read more for entertainment than knowledge, i average about 2 novels a month now that my drinking days are ( kind of) behind me. 

    while i am increasing my vocabulary as i read im not really studying while reading Dune or LotR
     
  11. chefjess606

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    I don't even have time to cook most days. Open to close 6 days a week with my day off to catch up on paperwork! Any free time I have is dedicated to the mountain of cookbooks I have to broaden my skills. I also want to travel! One day I want to cook in Naples.... but right now this kitchen is my life.